13 Feb 2017
Many SAFC fans will recognise the Colliery Tavern on Southwick Road besides the Stadium of Light – favourite pub of many for a post-match pint. Pub landlord Mr John Snaith is renowned as a match day host, but recently proved his hand at fundraising too.
After receiving care at Sunderland Royal Hospital, Mr Snaith decided to say thank you by fundraising for City Hospitals Sunderland Charity, specifically to help patients receiving colorectal surgery.
Mr James Royle, General Surgery Consultant at Sunderland Royal Hospital, was on hand to accept the cheque from Mr Snaith and explained the difference the fundraising will make.
“We hope to purchase some more special pressure relieving cushions for patients who have had rectal cancer surgery.
“We were absolutely blown away by Mr Snaith’s brilliant idea to run a fundraiser at his pub, and thrilled to see the local community getting involved and support their local hospital and the Colorectal Unit. Their generosity is amazing – the event has really meant a lot to all our staff.”
“I would like to personally thank Mr Snaith and his wife for their wonderful contribution and generosity – they are definitely local heroes!”
Regulars and guests descended on the Colliery Tavern late last year for the evening fundraiser, which Mr Snaith described as a terrific night. He wishes to extend his thanks to all those who attended, for a fantastic atmosphere as well as the amazing £1,620.57 they managed to raise.
The total could increase to more than two and a half thousand if applications for matched funding are successful, but even as it stands, Mr Snaith’s and his regular’s fundraising stands to make a huge difference in the lives of colorectal patients at Sunderland Royal Hospital today.
City Hospitals Sunderland Charity wishes to thank Mr Snaith, his family and regular patrons for their dedication and kindness. Their community spirit and generosity are what makes Sunderland a city to be proud of.